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Bush Center In The News | October 22, 2012

Article by Jacqueline Lowe February 1, 2013 //   2 minute read

Open for Debate, Thanks to Bush
By Tom Benning
October 22, 2012

A little over two weeks before Election Day, a debate hall hummed Sunday with repartee over government regulations, economic growth and trade between the U.S. and China. That discourse was part of the first high school economic debate competition hosted this weekend by former President George W. Bush and his policy institute. More than 100 students competed in the event co-hosted by St. Mark’s School of Texas and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. Competition, of course, was top of mind for many students. And Ayush, 15, won the economic debate title — and a $2,000 college scholarship — by successfully debating against the argument that private property rights are necessary for strong economic growth. But many students — and particularly those from North Texas — also spoke of the unique opportunity to meet the former president and debate in front of high-profile judges, including former White House counsel Harriet Miers and economist Roberto Salinas-León. “It was people who weren’t just involved in normal policy debate, but who are involved in actual law and government,” said Stephanie Jimenez, a senior at Skyline High School. “That was really interesting.” Read the full article here.